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Antonin Artaud, Surrealism and the Void; by Stephen Barber

Artaud believed that every birth coincides with a killing.

Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud was born at eight in the morning of 4 September 1896, at 15 rue du Jardin des Plantes, near the Marseilles zoo. 12,530 more words

Poetry & Poetics

End of the World/La Fin Du Monde (1931)

‘Please summon our mother to the asylum.’

Disgusted by the modern world, a famous astronomer retires to an observatory in the frozen wastes. He is forced to reconnect with society when he discovers a comet on a collision course for Earth. 652 more words

Movie Reviews

[Film Review] The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)

English Title: The Fall of the House of Usher
Original Title: La chute de la maison Usher
Year: 1928
Country: France
Language: Silent
Genre: Horror… 358 more words

Film Review

All aboard the Silent Railway Day at the Kennington Bioscope

What’s better than a film set on a train? A silent film set on a train. You know it’s true, and so do the wonderful people at the Kennington Bioscope, who have compiled a day of railway-themed silent films with live music for next month. 524 more words

Silent Film

Searching for Nelly Kaplan

Joan Dupont

From Film Quarterly Summer 2018, Volume 71, Number 4

“The strange thing had been for me to discover in England that she was still alive: it was as if I had been told Mrs. 5,609 more words


Céline Goes to Hollywood: Part II

Céline Goes to Hollywood: Part II

One of the saddest episodes in the life of Dr. Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, alias Louis-Ferdinand Céline, came right after he published his first novel in 1933. 1,911 more words

Draft Stories

Napoleon / Film / 1927

Abel Gance’s Napoleon is long (6 hours!) but is for the most part worth it, and in general is pretty spectacular. It’s at its best when dealing with a young Napoleon making his mark (commanding a snowball fight at boarding school, standing up to the British who want to take over Corsica, the Battle of Toulon) and also does a pretty good job of dealing with French Revolution politics. 134 more words